Valentino Garavani - Valentino: 'I always wanted women to feel beautiful'
Fashion icon Valentino Garavani reveals he has always tried to make women look and feel beautiful in his couture designs, and reveals he was inspired by Hollywood costumes and French fashion trends.
Valentino Garavani has always strived to make women ''look and feel beautiful''.
The famed fashion designer - who runs the Italy-based Valentino label - reflected on his 60-year career, revealing he's always had the same goals when it comes to his work.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said: ''I had the same ambitions then [at the start of my career] that I have had throughout my career: excellence in my work, making women look and feel beautiful, imposing my own style and having fun with my designs.''
The 80-year-old fashion impresario has sought inspiration for his designs from costumes in Hollywood films and by French fashion.
He explained: ''I was always inspired by seeing glamorous American movie stars in clothes by the costume designer Edith Head; and when I was working with Jean Desses and Guy Laroche in Paris I was influenced by French couture and the luxurious lives of French women. The quality of the fabrics and embroidery I saw at their ateliers had a big impact on me.''
Valentino credits his long-term partner, Giancarlo Giammetti with establishing the label as a major fashion empire.
He recalled: ''It was Giancarlo who started to grow the business. We moved to via Gregoriana, where we had 100 people in the atelier. Giancarlo decided that I should show my collections in Florence as it was a very important market.
''It all took off for me when the buyers of the American department stores Bloomingdale's, Saks, Macy's and Neiman Marcus discovered me there.''